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Routine Cleanings are an integral part of good dental, as well as, general health. It is estimated that 70% of the population suffers from some form of periodontal disease, while only 30% are free from this disease and only require cleanings twice a year. Come in today for a full evaluation of not just your teeth, but your gums as well.

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We all know that good oral hygiene keeps your teeth looking clean and shiny, but did you know that it's also essential to your overall health? It's true, poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes.

That's why dentists recommend that teeth be cleaned professionally twice a year. Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease. The average dental cleaning is a routine procedure that is rarely painful and takes 30 to 45 minutes.

At The Dentist Place, we specialize in and frequently perform a variety of dental cleaning procedures, from scaling to whitening, so you can rest assured that yours will be performed by a skilled and experienced medical professional.

Why You Should Floss Every Day:

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria that stick to your teeth. Flossing your teeth helps to remove these bacteria before they can cause cavities and gum disease. However, if you wait longer than 24 hours to floss again, bacteria will re-attach to your teeth; thus, daily flossing is a must. To floss correctly, guide the floss around the edges of your teeth and between your teeth and gums.

The Frequency Of Having Your Teeth Cleaned:

If you have healthy teeth and gums, you should have them cleaned every six months. If you have gum problems, have your teeth cleaned every three to four months.

Selecting A Proper Toothbrush:

A toothbrush should have soft, rounded bristles; medium, firm and hard bristles damage your gums. The head should be the correct size for your mouth, and the handle should feel comfortable in your hand. While some manufacturers would have you believe that power toothbrushes can perform tooth-cleaning miracles, research by Consumer Reports magazine showed that nothing at home cleans better than a plain, manual toothbrush and dental floss. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three months.

About Tartar-Control Toothpastes:

These toothpastes can slow the formation of tartar, a hard, decay-producing film that forms on your teeth. However, some users report that these toothpastes cause a burning sensation and/or make their teeth feel more sensitive. If this is also your experience, change brands or stop using this kind of toothpaste. As with other toothpastes, don't use too much. A small dab is all you actually require.

Gum Disease & Tooth Extraction

Routine Cleanings are an integral part of good dental, as well as, general health. It is estimated that 70% of the population suffers from some form of periodontal disease, while only 30% are free from this disease and only require cleanings twice a year. Come in today for a full evaluation of not just your teeth, but your gums as well

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the teeth, gums, and the bone that surround the teeth. This infection, combined with your body's reaction to it, is what causes bone loss.

Shown in the 1st illustration, the teeth roots extend into the bone of the jaw. This represents a healthy mouth, since the bone comes up high around the necks of the teeth.

The 2nd illustration shows advanced periodontal disease. The bone level is much lower and uneven, as compared to the healthy mouth in the 1st illustration.

Once bone has been lost, it is gone forever. When too much bone is lost, little support is provided for the teeth, resulting in their getting becoming loose and having to be removed.

Mouth Health Mirrors Your Overall Health

Your mouth is a mirror that reflects your overall health and well being, according to Donna E. Shalala, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary in the recently-released Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health. It is also a key determinant of your nutritional status and self-esteem.

"Oral health means more than sound teeth. Oral health is integral to overall health," says Donna E. Shalala.

The report, which was the first that the U.S. Surgeon General has undertaken to assess the nation's oral health, is intended to "alert Americans to the full meaning of oral health and its importance to general health and well-being."

Defining Oral Health:

The word "oral" refers to the mouth, which includes not only the teeth and gums and their supportive tissues, but also the roof and the floor (the hard and soft palate), the tongue, the lining of the mouth and the throat (called the mucosa), the lips, the salivary glands, the upper and lower jaws, and the chewing muscles. Oral health also involves the branches of the nervous system, the immune system, and the vascular system (blood vessels) that serve this part of your body.

So consequently, oral health means more than just being free from cavities and gum disease. Oral health, the report states, means overall health in the tissues that "allow us to speak and smile; sigh and kiss; smell, taste, touch, chew and swallow; cry out in pain; and convey a world of feelings and emotions through facial expressions."

Oral Health & Overall Health - An Intricate Interrelationship:

The health of the oral tissues is indicative of the health of organs and systems throughout your body. Your Dentist and other health care providers can gather an enormous amount of information about your overall health simply by examining these tissues.

  • A thorough oral exam can uncover nutritional deficiencies, microbial infections, immune disorders and some forms of cancer.
  • Clues to a disease can be discovered by analyzing saliva under a microscope.
  • Facial nerves have counterparts elsewhere in the body.
  • The jaw bones and jaw joint function like other musculoskeletal regions of the body.

Conversely, research is showing us that disease within the mouth - especially periodontal (gum) disease - is connected to ailments throughout the body. Infections in the mouth are a gateway for disease-causing bacteria to enter the bloodstream and provoke a number of diseases, including:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Respiratory infection
  • Diabetes
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Low birth weight or premature births

The Answer:

Decay (also called caries or cavities) and periodontal disease are the most common, widespread dental diseases. They are also the most preventable. Community prevention programs, such as fluoridated drinking water, dental hygiene instruction in schools, nutrition education, and tobacco cessation programs, save billions of dollars per year in public health costs, according to the report. And best of all, they help most people keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.

May 30, 2000

Source - "Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General"

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